University Of Sheffield Online Course On Writing Applications

The University of Sheffield is offering this open online course, ‘How to Succeed at: Writing Applications’ to showcase just a small fraction of the great offerings at the University. This beginner’s course is aimed to anyone applying for jobs or courses.

The overall objective of this course is to help applicants to produce a perfect CV, application and online profile when applying for a job or course. The course starts on .

Course At A Glance

Length: 3 weeks
Effort:  3 hours/week
Subject: How to Succeed at: Writing Applications
Institution: The University Of Sheffield and FutureLearn
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on 

Providers Details

The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities with a reputation for teaching and research excellence. Experts teach on the University’s courses and its students rated their learning experience as the best in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Awards, 2014-15.

FutureLearn offers diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

About This Course

This course is open to anyone and is part of FutureLearn Choices – a collection of courses to bridge the gap between school and higher education, and help young adults choose the right degree or career.

This course will help you to write successful applications, whether you are applying for jobs or planning to study at university or college.

Over the three weeks, the course will look at different parts of the application process. It willll help you to understand the skills you have gained through work experience and your studies and show you how you can match them to job advertisements or course requirements.

This MOOC will share top tips with you to help you write exceptional applications, CVs (or résumés), covering letters and personal statements and provide insight from employers and admissions tutors on what they look for in candidates. We’ll go on to help you examine your digital footprint and develop a professional profile online.

The course is highly participative and includes articles for you to read, videos to watch and interactive material to help you master the art of application and CV writing. There will also be discussions where you can learn from and support each other, self-reflective exercises and quizzes. Throughout the course you’ll be encouraged to collect a portfolio of your work which will help you with future applications.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. Applicants can buy a Statement of Participation for this course — a personalised certificate in both digital and printed formats — to show that you’ve taken part.

By the end of the three weeks we hope you will have the confidence to apply for your dream job or course. Throughout the course you’ll be encouraged to collect a portfolio of your work which will help you with future applications. On the course, you’ll be in great company.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course applicants will have the confidence to apply for your dream job or course. Applicants will have top tips and techniques for writing applications, CVs (or résumés) and covering letters, to help them make it through to the shortlist. They will also be able to collect a portfolio of their work to use in future applications.


Pamela Hafekost and Hilary Jones
Pamela Hafekost is the Information Systems Manager and Hilary Jones is the PGT / PGR Placements Officer at the Careers Service
University of Sheffield

Alison Clay
Careers Adviser
University of Sheffield

Marcus Zientek
areers Adviser
University of Sheffield

-Steve McCarthy
Media Information Officer
University of Sheffield Careers Service


This course is designed for anyone applying for jobs or courses. It will be of particular interest to those in the early stages of their career, or those who are out of practice and need to update their skills. No prior knowledge or expertise are needed.

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